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Tien Tran

Chief Legal Counsel at Wage Inspectorate Victoria

It’s not work when you love what you do. That saying holds true for me, and it’s why even after 19 years in the public sector I believe I still have much to give and learn. One of the most rewarding aspects of my job as Chief Legal Counsel of a statutory body is the opportunity to influence the strategic direction of my organisation. It’s a culmination of what drew me to the public sector in the first place — a desire to do my small part to shape Victoria’s future, using my skills and experience to make a positive difference to the lives of people in the community.

I began my career in private practice, and after several years in criminal law was offered a partnership at my firm. But I was at a crossroads, because I’d also been offered positions at Victoria Legal Aid and the Victorian Office of Public Prosecutions. In the end I chose to become a prosecutor as I felt passionate about this area, and I found the work immensely satisfying. This background helps inform my current role, where I deal with a mix of criminal law, statutory interpretation and employment law issues.

I work side by side with a team of talented lawyers, all with different professional backgrounds and expertise. That diversity is a strength. We’re constantly learning from each other and working together to solve issues. Public sector roles offer lawyers great opportunities to build solid networks and relationships, and take on work you’re passionate about.